Why I Advocate ‘Working Software Over Comprehensive Documentation’ in Agile🚀
Allow me to ask you an important question “Have you ever purchased a product solely because its documentation was immaculate, not caring about its functionality or value?
I bet you’re struggling to recall such an instance. I cannot imagine a single example in my many years of leading Scrum and Agile teams. If you can think of such an occasion, I’d love to hear it!
So, this brings me to ask a second question, ‘Have you ever been left scratching your head about the Agile Manifesto’s assertion for “Working Software Over Comprehensive Documentation”? 🤔
It’s a phrase that I’ve been asked to explain countless times, and it’s a value that can sometimes feel counter-intuitive.
So, let’s take a moment to delve into it. 📚🖥️
Breaking Down the Myths: Documentation in Agile
What we’re talking about in working software over comprehensive documentation is certainly not getting rid of documentation. As such, it’s striking the balance of having enough documentation to run your product and your organisation responsibly.
In truth, “Working Software Over Comprehensive Documentation” doesn’t mean discarding documentation altogether. It’s about achieving a balance 🧘♀️
It’s about having just enough documentation to operate your product and run your organisation responsibly.
A New Perspective: Documentation as an Aid, Not the Star
But here’s the key insight 💡: Customers are not buying your product for its detailed documentation. They care about the outcome, the benefits, and the needs your product meets – the working software.
Now let’s look at the documentation from this perspective: It’s a tool that helps users achieve what they need from the product. But the documentation should never overshadow the primary goal – delivering a product that works, provides value, and meets user needs.
So let’s not lose sight of the core focus in our agile endeavours – delivering working, valuable software while using documentation as a supportive tool. Keep your product at the forefront, your user’s needs paramount, and let’s build software that speaks for itself!
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